Guest post: Science as Doxology Distilled

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My family were not at all religious—they were, in fact, dedicated communists and militant materialistic atheists. As a young atheist myself, I studied biochemistry and found myself intellectually and emotionally drawn to the rational beauty and basic order of science.

But the more I studied biology and the other sciences, the more I began questioning my strict atheism. The world that I encountered seemed neither rational nor completely understandable by the application of scientific explanations. Continue reading

Wonder and Worship: Beauty in Science

Tamsin Whitfield. Silver contaminents crop
© Tamsin Whitfield

Last week saw the opening of my first ever science-faith gallery exhibition. The space is a white-walled corner of my church, set aside for creative members of the congregation to display their handiwork. The pictures were all provided by members of the church who are scientists and engineers. Our aim is to showcase some of the beauty we see in the course of our work, and communicate how it helps us to worship God. Continue reading

Biochemistry: Randomness and God

DNA wrapping around histone proteins (coloured) by Penn State – Flickr. License: CC2.0

How can a random process generate meaningful mechanisms? This is the question that Keith Fox, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Southampton and Associate Director of the Faraday Institute, asked in his seminar at the Faraday Institute last week. Biochemical reactions are chaotic at a molecular level, because it is impossible to Continue reading

Guest Post: The Incredible Properties of DNA

View of the structure of DNA by Виталий Смолыгин. License: Public Domain
View of the structure of DNA by Виталий Смолыгин. License:Public Domain

DNA must be one of the most instantly recognisable molecules and many people will be familiar with its elegant double helical structure. I am a biochemist, and I have been privileged to work with Continue reading


This is the second of my interviews with Spanish scientists. Elena de la Torre-Madrid’s love of her subject and struggles in the lab will be familiar to many in the sciences, and it’s interesting to hear about those experiences from a faith perspective.

I left the decision about what subject to study at University until the last minute. I was standing in the queue to register, and there were about twenty people in front of me. I thought, ‘Okay I have approximately twenty minutes to decide what I want to do with my life’. I began reading down the list: “A, architecture…maybe. B, biology…perhaps. M, medicine, mathematics…perhaps.” In the end I had 15 possibilities. I thought, “In the last exams, my best mark was in biology. Why not study that?” I don’t really know why I picked it, but I love it! I think it is very difficult to study biology in Spain because there’s not much work, and what work there is, is not easy. But at the end of all these years of study, if I had to start again I would choose biology. Continue reading